Wednesday, November 19, 2008


The PURE Picture ~
The rules:1) Take a recent picture of yourself or take a picture of yourself right now.
ok...done. blurr pic, due to small pixels
2) Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.

3) Post that picture with NO editing. it is. but i cover my face. aci x? ;P
4) Post these instruction with your picture.
done...just copy & paste rite?
5) Tag 10 people to do this
ermm....since most of my friend has been tagged, i choose :
1) justin
2) linda

Friday, September 5, 2008

Apex University - USM

APEX (accelerated programme for excellence) university or elite varsity is a plan to build a world-class institutions among Malaysian universities. The university that is branded APEX status is one that has the greatest potential to achieve the goal, and as such, would be given additional assistance in any form to improve vastly in order to compete with top ranked global institutions.

According to media massa, total of nine universities applied for apex status. They were International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas and Universiti Tenaga Nasional while the top four local varsities - USM, UM, UKM and UPM, were short-listed.

Nevertheless, only USM has been granted apex status. Thus, it makes me so proud to be a part of USM. Congratulations USM!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Beauty of the month of Ramadhan

Ramadhan come again, as usual I’ll head for Ramadhan bazaars - selling all sorts of yummy food and drinks from late afternoons to evenings. Found almost everywhere in Malaysia during the holy month of Ramadhan. Only once a year and you can’t get this sort of activity/community feel at any other time - your neighbourhood night market doesn’t even come close to it.

My usual haunts are the kuih tako Taman U, murtabak Kg. Melayu, kathira Abu Bakar, pulut panggang Tmn Sri Skudai, nasi kerabu Kg. Melayu and one thing that I always craving for – bubur lambuk masjid tmn sri skudai. yummy!!

And the most beautiful thing about ramadhan is -- My husband and I started as colleague in 2004, and those ‘mingling + flirting’ happened in Ramadhan...hehehehhe. It’s been 4 years now.

Fasting and Pregnancy

When the holy month of Ramadan starts, I will be 12 weeks pregnant. I was wondering if it was OK to fast in my stage of pregnancy. Luckily, my gynae has told that it will be ok to fast, except if I sincerely feel that fasting may harm me or the fetus.

But, she reminds me to make sure that I will observe my own health and weight during fasting and taking a good nutrition. Below is the principle of good nutrition I found from net. I hope it will be beneficial to other preggy friends. Happy fasting.

The principles of good nutrition holds true even for a pregnant woman who is fasting during Ramadan. She has to make wise choices. The fact that she is pregnant should not be an excuse for her to over-indulge in eating during the non-fasting period.

The diet during this period is designed to promote optimal nutrition for the woman and child. WHAT you eat, as well as HOW MUCH is important. You have a healthy diet if you are choosing food from each of the major food groups; the grain group, fruit and vegetable group, meat and dairy groups. The meat group will include vegetarian options such as nuts, beans, eggs, milk and dairy. By eating from each food group you will receive all the nutrients that you need to stay healthy. The following nutrients are especially important:

1) Iron- A high intake of vitamin C will help increase iron absorption Iron rich foods include:
• Liver, beef, veal, Lamb, turkey
• Iron enriched breads and cereals
• Dried beans, green leafy vegetable, raisins, dried prunes, apricots
• Nuts and seeds

2) Folic acid-Good sources of folate are:
• Green leafy vegetables (Spinach, beet, and turnip greens), kidney, liver, beef, wheat products, eggs.

3) Calcium:- Calcium rich foods are:
• Milk group (milk , yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese).
• Fish with bones (canned salmon), tofu
• Dark leafy vegetables, bok choy, broccoli, beans
• Figs, sunflower seeds, tahini, almond butter
• Calcium fortified soya milk, juices, and cereals

You should not ignore your water consumption. It seems obvious but drink lots of water! If Ramadan falls during the summer, then your doctor may advice you not to fast since dehydration could pose a problem. At this time of the year (winter) you may safely fast since the weather is pleasant. The normal pregnant woman should drink at least a minimum of 2 liters each day during the non-fasting hours, irrespective of the climate.

Some good food choices to break your fast are:
• Fresh fruits
• Fresh fruit juice
• Porridge with skimmed milk and fresh or dried fruit to sweeten
• Low-fat natural yogurt with fresh dried fruits and seeds
• Boiled egg/grilled chicken/baked beans on whole meal toast

A few hours later, you could have another healthy meals which may include good choices such as:
• Whole-meal bread roll without butter (choose herbs instead), filled with egg and tomatoes, chicken and salads, low-fat cheese and salad, or tuna with cucumber and tomato.
• Whole meal pasta with tomato based sauce, with a large salad.
• Salad with fish, chicken, or low-fat cottage cheese. Add whole meal bread or rice.
• Baked potato (no butter or oil) with tuna or low-fat cottage cheese (avoid high fat toppings like cheddar)
• Vegetables which are steamed and whole meal khubs with half a small tub of hummus.
• Grilled chicken, meat, or fish with a big bowl of raw salad/rice or bread.
• Fresh fruits.

Healthy low-fat options which you may have for your sahour are:
• Chicken tikka with plain boiled rice or tandoori nans.
• Vegetable soups (without oil or butter), steamed fish, stir fried noodles, or beans sprouts, boiled rice.
• Spaghetti with tomato based sauce.
• Poached or grilled fish, baked or boiled potatoes, raw vegetable salad, fresh fruits.

Some golden rules to follow when fasting:
• Avoid too much fat/sugar/salts and caffeine.
• Always have fresh food available.
• Stick to a low fat diet. Cut out fried foods.
• Choose fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. You can never eat too many fruits and vegetables. The number of calories in this great food source is low. So you are getting lots of great stuff for your body without the worry of too many calories.
• Don't worry if you are tempted by rich desserts which can't be avoided during this month. Just try to eat them in moderation.

In a healthy pregnant woman with no obstetric or medical complications, the need to exercise is important. If your doctor permits, then do so at a low intensity. Remember, it is not wise to exercise for weight loss. Your exercise right now should be to maintain your current fitness level and gain strength for a less difficult delivery. The greatest appetite suppressant, is exercise. The brain liberates chemicals that gives you a feeling of fullness during exercise, so incorporate at least a 20-minute aerobic exercise routine into your day.

If you do face any discomfort, it is advisable to break the fast as it is not against the religion. According to the Quran, a sick pregnant or nursing woman is allowed to break the fast and make up for it at a later date.

Once again, it is important that any pregnant woman should discuss her plan to embark on a fast with her obstetrician/ gynecologist.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Exercise, is it safe?

I always find exercise beneficial when I am pregnant. Nothing too strenuous, of course, but a brisk walk, swimming and the easier yoga poses get the blood running and rid of that dull, lethargic feeling that accompanies pregnancy.

Forbes Health Tips agrees.
Assuming your doctor approves, exercise can help keep you healthy and feeling good during pregnancy. While you should avoid strenuous activity, light exercise can offer many benefits during pregnancy.

Is exercise dangerous? No, if you do it in moderation.

The Pregnancy Blog at Families tells us:
There are things you can do to make exercise even more safe. The first step to safe exercising is to choose the right type of exercise routines. Low impact workouts are generally safer for you and the baby than a high impact work out routine. Some good low impact choices include yoga, walking or swimming. Prenatal exercise classes are usually low impact and safe choices.

Exercise during pregnancy can increase energy, improve posture and strengthen muscles, reduce stress and help you control your weight.

Saturday, August 23, 2008



(Kahlil Gibran)


Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
And He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also
The bow that is stable.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I’m Positive

A month ago, I knew I was pregnant. I felt it, somehow. So I waited a few days and took UPT. Sure enough, I was right — it was positive.

My spouse and I has been married for 2 ½ years. Yeah….we’ve been planned not to have baby in the first 2 years of our marriage. Then, we need to continue because i was accidentally/luckily received a new job offer.

The reason for the family planning - we need time and space to know each other better, stabilize our life and get prepared physically, mentally and emotionally before planning for baby.
Just imagine,we decided to get married about 3 months after we met. But don't worry, It wasn't 'tangkap muat' decision, I'm sure that he is the one for me and I believe on God's sign. We tied the knot 8 months after that.

And now, we’re extremely excited to be parent. Alhamdulillah…
Please pray for us.